Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier
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Whirlwind WitbierWhirlwind Witbier

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hoops4life511
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rjvanston
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SickGnar
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden, okay size white head, more clear than hazy, very few rising bubbles and minimal lace.

S: Nice, well-rounded coriander – herbal, soft lemon, touch peppery. Bready yeast, strongly wheat forward malts with a touch of sweetness. No hops.

T: Good solid wheat beer base – bready, doughy, crackery, wheaty, hint of toasted grain and a touch of low C malt sweetness. Coriander is very well balanced and well done. Mostly herbal with just a touch of lemon and peppery / spicy notes in the background. Not really getting any orange peel or citrus other than the lemon from the coriander (and that is more lemongrass / herbal). Yeast notes are present, but tame. More bready and neutral than Belgian. Some faint herbal / grassy hops sulk at the edges and in the finish. Less sweet and more herbal than many.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation just over. Works alright, especially for style. Refreshing and borderline crisp.

D: Shoots wide of the signature look. No hazy, no lace, and a touch dark. Taste is okay, if a bit more herbal – less sweet, not really any orange peel, and maybe more firmly hoppy than most. Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit drier. Belgian yeast aspect is rather pedestrian. Okay drinking, but not really a go to Wit.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma was the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nailed the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Though the flavor was lacking. It had all the same elements that were present in the aroma, but they were very faint and faraway, even after significant warming. This is somewhat tasteless.

Thin to medium bodied.

A great smelling though ultimately dull witbier.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel. Pours a hazed, light yellow color with a fluffy, small-bubbled head. Retention is ok and leaves a nice sudsy film and collar.

Nose is cloves, lemongrass, coriander and a hint of orange. Nice, fairly classic witbier nose with a little more zest to it than some of the softer, imported versions.

Coriander has a little edge to it here, I also am still getting the lemongrass...I wonder if Victory uses it in this one? Theres also a blood orange citric presence that is cool. Nice balance of sweet and spice, neither dry nor cloying...I like it quite a bit. Im a sucker for a good wit, and this one is one of the best new ones I have tried in quite some time. Its always a good thing if my beer is empty before I can finish typing my thoughts!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy whitish yellow color that you would expect from a beer this style with a fizzy off-white head that eventually fizzes away. 

S- The aroma features some wheat malt, citrus, spices and yeast. Everything I expect from a witbier so far.

T- The taste is light bodied, crisp and refreshing but has a good amount of flavor. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front with the spices making their presence felt next and a very refreshing finish rounds this one out. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Whirlwind Wit is a very solid wittier that is very quaffable. Would purchase again. 

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Photo of jifigz
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a pretty clear and sightly hazy yellow. No real head appeared and no lacing.

S: Banana, spices (coriander, clove), and the yeasty dominate the nose.

T: The taste is close to the aroma. Banana and spices and the Belgian yeast is very evident in the flavor. Not a truly distinct beer, but not a bad taste by any standards.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, maybe a little harsh with carbonation bite, but not too bad.

O: A solid beer, but not one I would really seek out. This is one of Victory's weaker attempts (and this is my favorite brewery.)

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Photo of output01x
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 03/08/12) into a pilsener glass.

A delicate pour yields a 1-finger off-white energetic head that fizzes to nothing in less than a minute. The body is a pale straw with tiny floaties giving it a cloudy appearance. A good amount of carbonation bubbles quickly ascend from every conceivable point of origin. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Fruit and spices are the basic components of the aroma. Coriander, clove, banana, and lemon oil are mainly what jump out, but there is a lot going on in this nose.

Very similar to the nose, a lemon zest twang starts each sip. Banana with a myriad of spices follows quickly after. An oily lemon, but not acidic, aftertaste comes in at the end of each sip. The flavors are neither mild nor bold, but noticeable and interesting.

Light bodied with great carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The strong carbonation causes this beer to literally fizzle away in your mouth. Luckily, the strong carbonation does not seem detrimental to the flavors.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

709th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner

I think I F***ed up and got a bottle with a best by Mar 26th, 2011 If I can read that tiny white print.

App- So out of the bottle it was very light and very hazy with about an 1/8" of an inch of head. No cling, no lace, no legs.

Smell- A bit bright with a little bit of lemon and some wheat behind it. little bit of hefe smell to it with some bubblegum, banana and yeast just smelled thin to me.

Taste- A pretty average witbier even if this one was a bit old. Seems to be a bit watery with a little issue of flavor pop. The flavors just seem to be there and a bit underwhelming. Probably my own fault for the old bottle.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A bit too thin even for this style. More like an alcoholic

Drink- It's an average beer with it's place in the market for a good summer beer to cool you down and not get you too buzzed. A little lacking in flavor but oh well. Only a single 12, not a six pack.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed one of these at the sterling Sun Singer after picking up some Rare Vos. Very good call.

One lush finger of white foam atop a hazy orange body with lemon yellow trim; nice body, good duration and lacing. Nice, moderate aromas, orange, ginger, a hint of coriander.

Better taste than smell, smooth and rich. The orange is a bit zesty, with a sour bite to offset the sweetness, with a lemon zest nicely mixed in. Spicy, with coriander and a dash of ginger in fine accompaniment. Fantastic mouthfeel, effervescent with smooth texture, just right for a Wit.

It is no surprise that Victory has nailed this style, for everything of theirs that I have tried is superb. This is an excellent testament to the style, very accessible, easy on the palate, amply flavored, a fine session beer on a hot day like today.

Excellent, one of my favorite Witbiers.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with not much visible carbonation but little bits of sediment floating around. Not a ton of head from a fairly aggressive pour and retention is a thin sheet of white on top. Smells nice, coriander and orange coming to mind first. Light wheat malt comes through as well.

Medium to light body with lots of flavor. Oranges and wheat malt come through the most, with a slight taste of coriander. A certain sourness and tanginess is detected, leading to a quick and clean finish and dry mouthfeel. The carbonation is a little off I think. It causes a weird spritziness that distracts me from the taste a little. Its not annoying, but curious and interesting. Overall, this is a nice summery witbier with just enough tang to satisfy those taste buds and enough flavor to back it up. Its a decent brew, but I think I prefer Victory's Sunrise to this one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of yeast, banana, clove and wheat.

T - It had a very spicy first sip.Good clove and cracked wheat flavor. Some fruity yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale that had a clean, crisp finish.

O - This is a very good witbier. I'm glad I finally broke down and bought some of this.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A very thin layer of slightly off-white colored froth quickly fades leaving on the faintest veil of lacing and a very slight color... The color is a pale gold... A very slight haze... A slight bit of moderate paced carbonation throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon zest... Some raisins... Even a hint of peach... Just the most subtle of spicy notes...

T - Lots of cracker... Banana... Perhaps even some bubblegum... Lemon zest...

M - Medium bodied... Slight carbonation.. Clean... Crisp...

D - Quite sessionable... Easy sipper... Simple, straight-forward and well executed... Not my favorite Witbier and not my favorite victory offering, but it will do just fine in a pinch...

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Photo of witster18
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not one of Victory's stronger offerings.

Whirlwind is anything but. It's a very basic witbier with not much in the spice/fruit tones. The alcohol is the dominant flavor here. It's not an awful beer by any means, but it's definitely a 'safe' offering. Nothing to write home about.

Pours with a whispy white head -true to the style but not as hazy as I'd like, and the viscocity and lacing leave a bit to be desired.

Smell is faint lemon/sugar. Taste is tart lemon/alcohol heat. Not much spice in this... both the intial taste and aftertaste/belches come off as near sprite-ish... Maybe it's better on tap, but I'm not too crazy about this...

I bought 7 bottles of beer. 2 bottles of this. That 2nd bottle will be sitting around for a while.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw-orange into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding white head. Relatively mild aroma of grassy lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth wheat up front with hints of orange peel, lemon, and honey.

Light and refreshing with some very pleasant flavors going on.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Hazy golden yellow color with a finger of thick white creamy head. Lace sticks very prominently to the glass as a constant stream of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Hints of clove and lemon make a quick appearance in the nose with a complimenting bread and yeast character. With the fruity smell there was also an accompanying mild tart note. Malty smell prevails throughout the beer with a spicy slightly peppery finish that is most likely a combination of the coriander and yeast products. The smell is a bit diluted in my opinion and lacks some of the boldness of a great witbier.

T- The clove phenols make a very brief appearance with the slightest hint of bubblegum before being whisked away in favor of a lemon and malt forward middle with only slight traces of it noticeable in the background. Middle of the beer also introduces more of the bread character as well. The taste ends in a rather dull spicy and low bitterness of the coriander.

M- Medium light body with slightly creamy carbonation that smooths out each sip. Slightly dry finish.

O- Nothing too special about this beer, only thing that really stands out is my constantly wanting more from the beer whether it be flavor or smell. Really lacked the strong yeast characteristics that the style is known for and left me quite bored.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Wit pours out as a cloudy yellow color, it's got a fluffy white head that settles into just a thin white lacing over the beer. The smell has a pretty good citrusy and spicy aroma. The taste had some bready yeast along with the citrus from the nose coming in on the flavor. The spices settle into place in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall it's a pretty good Wit.

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Photo of kershner23
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass showing a almost pure yellow haze. Very light, white head that lasted all of a few seconds.

Aroma of zest and light spice. Little bit of hop too?

Nice balance of the zesty fruit, spices, and hops. Nothing was overpowering and it all seemed to just fall into place. Very nice for the warmer spring and summer days. I was paired beautifully with the BBQ chicken I grilled and the potatoes.

Not as carbonated as expected. Light and bubbly, medium body. Nice finish with the citrus trailing off for a few seconds after swallowing, kind of begging for another sip. Easy to drink, especially sitting outside on a nice day.

Good Wit Beer. One of the better I've sampled, looking forward to more after this one.

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pastel yellow color with a nice two finger white head that has settled to a pretty thin lace after only a few minutes. There's a moderate amount of lacing being left on the sides of my glass.

Smells is spicy in the way of coriander, lemon peel, and a hint of sage.

Taste is a nice blend of citrus and spices working will with a lively carbonation. Refreshing with a clean finish.

Thin to medium body with a good carbonation level for the style.

Glad I finally picked one of these up. Been meaning to try one for a while, but I wanted a relatively fresh one. Nice representation.

Morey's Bottom Line: A fine beer for a hot summer day. Not too much to complain about. Not my favorite style, but I could see myself mixing one of these into my mix and match sixers once in a while. Especially in the spring/summer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow, short head
S: Ginger, nutmeg, a bit of banana
T: Initially banana with spice, but then very sweet/bubblegum on the midpalate/finish.
M: Light, balanced, nice for the style.
O: Man is this sessionable. Light, tasty, and refreshing. The whole is definitely better than the sum of its parts!

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Photo of vrushing88
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Poured hazy body with a very fine head. It presents itself with an almost fruity aroma, with a decent amount of spices. The taste is full of spice and a decent portion of malted wheat. There is very little presentation of any fruit flavor, which leads me to believe this beer was brewed with a Belgian yeast that induces a fruit characteristic, but no real fruit, which I am actually impressed with. This causes the beer to rest easy on your tongue and leave a lingering taste of spice and a good witbier.

Overall an excellent brew!

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 53.4% out of 100 with 939 ratings
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